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Linking to illegal content get TV-links in trouble

On the 18th October 2007, a 26-year old man was arrested in Cheltenham "in connection with offences relating to the facilitation of copyright infringement on the internet."

According to a statement issued by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), "Sites such as TV Links contribute to and profit from copyright infringement by identifying, posting, organising, and indexing links to infringing content found on the internet that users can then view on demand by visiting these illegal sites."

TV-Links linked to content that were illegally posted elsewhere on the internet. FACT has yet to go after these websites though and it seems that it was easier for them to go after a UK-based target.

An estimated £459m worth of revenue was lost in 2006 due to Piracy according to the one industry group.

However, just as it was the case before with Napster, shutting down one of the world's biggest illegal content linkers won't prevent copycats to come up with other TV-Links clones.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.